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Sanral to introduce one ticket system for all public transport, tolling 

By: Darren Parker     10th June 2022 State-owned South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) is aiming to move away from traditional toll accounts to mobility accounts, Sanral northern region project manager Siveshni Pillay revealed this week. Speaking at the African Smart Cities Summit, in Midrand, on June 8, she said the... 

Company receives a Queen’s Award

10th June 2022 Combustion management solutions provider Autoflame Engineering is delighted to announce that the company has been honoured with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category. 

Company adds two new boiler rental units

10th June 2022 Local boiler and burner supplier Combustion Technology has added two new boiler rental units to its rental offering. 

An image of a rental boiler
RENT A BOILER Combustion Technology adds two new boiler rental units

Automation supplier launches MV VSDs

By: Mandisa Nyathi     3rd June 2022 Earlier this month electrification and automation product supplier ElectroMechanica (EM) extended their portfolio with the launch of the high-performance and cost-effective Delta MVF23/MVF20 series medium-voltage variable speed drives (VSDs).  

an image of a MVF23/MVF20 drive
NEW DRIVES The Delta MVF23/MVF20 series offers advanced flux-oriented vector control techniques, with or without the use off-speed sensors

Converting truck fleets to LNG could reduce transport costs by 30% – Renergen

By: Darren Parker     1st June 2022 With diesel prices at a record high, liquefied natural gas (LNG) has the potential to lower the transportation costs of major logistics companies by up to 30%, LNG and helium developer Renergen CEO Stefano Marani said at the Junior Mining Indaba on June 1. “This means that the conversion of their... 

Renergen CEO Stefano Marani
Renergen CEO Stefano Marani

Hydro project achieves commercial operation

27th May 2022 The Nyamwamba 11, 7.8MW hydropower project reached its PPA Commercial Operation Date (COD) on March 17, 2022. 

UK sustainable logistics company secures Fortune 500 customer as it transitions from startup phase

By: Irma Venter     13th May 2022 UK-based sustainable logistics company Magway has secured its first commercial customer in the form of a large Fortune 500 multinational group, says CEO and founder – and South African – Rupert Cruise. Magway is a zero-emission delivery system (when powered by renewable energy), consisting of... 

Heavy-duty forklift trucks offer notable payloads

29th April 2022 Heavy lifting solutions provider Criterion Equipment’s versatile range of forklift manufacturer Toyo Carriers Manufacturing (TCM) forklift trucks comprises robust machines for handling goods in all sectors, including heavy-duty applications, says Criterion Equipment MD Brenton Kemp. He explains... 

A side view of a yellow Criterion TCM forklift which is used to lift heavy loads
KEEP LOADING LOADING LOADING The TCM range of forklifts are prime for handling goods in all sectors, including heavy-duty applications

Magway secures its first big (Fortune 500) customer 

By: Irma Venter     20th April 2022 UK-based sustainable logistics company Magway has secured its first commercial customer in the form of a large Fortune 500 multinational group, says CEO and founder – and South African – Rupert Cruise. Magway is a zero-emission delivery system (when powered by renewable energy), consisting of... 

Image of the Magway system
The Magway system

eMobility programme commemorates first year of operation

By: Darren Parker     4th March 2022 Electric vehicle (EV) advocacy initiative the uYilo eMobility Programme has commemorated its first year as an implementing partner on the South Africa-UK Partnering for Accelerated Climate Transitions (South Africa-UK Pact) programme, specifically on the Shifting the Transport Paradigm for South... 

uYilo programme manager Edem Foli
uYilo programme manager Edem Foli

Rolls-Royce partners with Luxaviation to pursue electric air mobility ventures

By: Donna Slater     14th February 2022 Vehicle propulsion systems manufacturer Rolls-Royce and luxury jet and helicopter service provider Luxaviation Group have agreed, through a memorandum of understanding (MoU), to collaborate on developing advanced air mobility (AAM) solutions. Both companies share a vision of AAM solutions,... 

An artists impression of a vertical take-off and landing facility
An artists impression of a vertical take-off and landing facility

Bolt welcomes inclusion of e-hailing drivers under Taxi Relief Fund

By: Irma Venter     27th January 2022 Bolt, the mobility service that currently connects more than 25 000 drivers with passengers across South Africa, says it welcomes the launch of government's Covid-19 Taxi Relief Fund (TRF).  The fund offers a once-off payment for qualifying drivers that experienced loss of income during the... 

Image of the head of public policy for Southern Africa at Bolt, Andrew Ihsaan Gasnolar
Andrew Ihsaan Gasnolar

Shoprite creates on-demand JV with RTT to strengthen e-commerce activities

By: Irma Venter     5th January 2022 The Shoprite Group has entered into a joint venture (JV) with its existing Checkers Sixty60 logistics partner, the RTT Group, in which both parties will own 50%.  The transaction follows the rapid growth of Shoprite’s on-demand grocery solution, Checkers Sixty60, in which RTT On-Demand, a... 

Image of Checkers Sixty60 delivery scooter

Cartrack owner acquires 70.1% of Picup Technologies in R70-million deal 

By: Irma Venter     14th September 2021 Karooooo has acquired 70.1% of Picup Technologies (Picup) in a deal valued at R70-million.  Karooooo owns 100% of Cartrack, a mobility software-as-a-service (Saas) platform that maximises the value of automotive and workflow data by providing real-time data analytics solutions for smart... 

Image of Karooooo CEO Zak Calisto
Zak Calisto

US moves to secure critical minerals for EV supply chain

By: Darren Parker     20th August 2021 Modern civilisation was built on fossil fuels, with the invention and commercialisation of the internal combustion engine during the 1800s setting the stage for petroleum-based vehicles to be dominant worldwide for the next 150 years. Various oil majors continue to produce huge volumes of oil and... 

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New app tracks, assesses driver behaviour

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     21st May 2021 Telematics tracking solutions provider MiX Telematics has developed the MyMiX Tracking app to track and assess driver behaviour without the need for embedded hardware. MyMiX Tracking leverages mobile phone technology to enable real-time tracking of drivers while also recording, measuring and... 

HENRY SMITH 
The MyMiX app increases driver accountability through the monitoring of drivers
HENRY SMITH The MyMiX app increases driver accountability through the monitoring of drivers

E-hailing platform Bolt launches women-only service

By: Irma Venter     2nd February 2021 E-hailing platform Bolt has launched a women-only service that enables women passengers to request rides from women drivers only. Women passengers who request the service will only connect with women drivers on the Bolt platform, with their request for a ride not visible to male drivers.  

New real-time monitoring system enhances safety

4th December 2020 Automotive and truck parts manufacturer Bridgestone in collaboration with technology company Microsoft has developed a unique and innovative monitoring system to detect tyre damage issues in real-time. Bridgestone Europe, Russia, Middle East, India and Africa (EMIA) CEO and president Laurent... 

DAMAGE CONTROL
The Tyre Damage Monitoring System uses algorithms to detect and predict failures before they become catastrophic
DAMAGE CONTROL The Tyre Damage Monitoring System uses algorithms to detect and predict failures before they become catastrophic

Ex-Uber South Africa boss appointed chairperson of emergency dispatch platform

By: Irma Venter     12th November 2020 Security and safety platform Aura has appointed Alon Lits as its chairperson with immediate effect. Lits is the former Uber sub-Saharan Africa GM. 

Alon Lits
Alon Lits

UP, CSIR sign collaboration agreement on smart transport, cities 

By: Irma Venter     23rd July 2020 The University of Pretoria (UP) and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), an entity of the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), have signed a memorandum of agreement to collaborate in the areas of smart transport, cities and environments. “The cooperation means that UP... 

UP, CSIR sign collaboration agreement on smart transport, cities 

Intelligent transport system community severely impacted on by Covid-19 

By: Irma Venter     19th June 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the local intelligent transport system (ITS) community, says Intelligent Transport Society South Africa (ITSSA) CEO Dr Paul Vorster. The ITTSA conducted a survey among its members on the new normal brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Battery metals traceability project launched to enhance sustainability of industry

By: Donna Slater     2nd June 2020 Finland-based research, development and innovation organisation VTT says the success of electric vehicles (EVs) may be determined by production methods and information on the origins of battery materials in the future. VTT and the Geological Survey of Finland GTK, there, have launched a battery... 

Programme to help startup drone companies launched in Gauteng

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th March 2020 The first drone (unmanned air vehicle) start-up accelerator programme in Africa was recently launched in Katlehong, south east of Johannesburg. (Katlehong lies within the City of Ekurhuleni.) The programme is being hosted by the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Rapid Incubator (CfERI) of the... 

BMW, ACSA launch EV charging stations at three airports 

8th January 2020 In an effort to push the boundaries of innovation through partnerships, and to improve the customer experience, Airports Company South Africa and BMW South Africa have launched BMW ChargeNow electric vehicle charging stations at OR Tambo International Airport, Cape Town International Airport and... 

BMW, ACSA launch EV charging stations at three airports
BMW, ACSA launch EV charging stations at three airports

Device to prevent tyre flat spots in hobby and sports cars

By: Schalk Burger     6th December 2019 The No More Flat Spot device prevents flat spots from forming on the tyres of recreational, hobby and sporting vehicles by inflating cushions beneath a vehicle and lifting it off the wheels, says No More Flat Spot inventor Pieter Olivier. Vintage cars, sports cars, yacht and boat trailers, often... 

Bus and coach sector enjoys uptick

By: Darren Parker     22nd November 2019 Despite a difficult economic climate for most industries, there has been increased demand in the local bus and coach sector in the second half of 2019. “The demand for reliable, safe transport for commuters is growing, owing to increased urbanisation, thereby placing bus and coach manufacturers... 

JASON BRUNNINGER
Advances in infrastructure are needed for the electrification of buses in Southern Africa
JASON BRUNNINGER Advances in infrastructure are needed for the electrification of buses in Southern Africa

Value-added service to enhance in-vehicle video camera solution

By: Darren Parker     22nd November 2019 Fleet and mobile asset management solutions group MiX Telematics has launched the gold MiX Vision Bureau Service, which further extends the value of the in-vehicle MiX Vision video camera solution. The service is managed by MiX Telematics’ team of professional video analysts and is offered as... 

GOING FOR GOLD
The gold programme includes an array of driver-coaching tools to ensure that risky driver behaviour can be addressed proactively
GOING FOR GOLD The gold programme includes an array of driver-coaching tools to ensure that risky driver behaviour can be addressed proactively

Customisable tool offers logistics optimisation, quality control

By: Schalk Burger     22nd November 2019 A digital logistics planning tool developed by information technology logistics solutions company MacMobile provides a range of planning and optimisation capabilities for secondary distribution portions of supply chains, says MacMobile commercial director Andrew Dawson. Logistics and distribution... 

Alternative methods for emissions control created

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     23rd August 2019 Owing to stringent emission regulations regarding the quality of fuel supplied in South Africa, diesel and alternative fuel engines supplier Cummins South Africa offers engine after-treatment in conjunction with Euro 5 emission engines used in trucks and buses. 

INNOVATIONS AND TECHNOLOGY
Cummins has been using Euro 5 technology since 2010 and Euro 6 technology since 2014
INNOVATIONS AND TECHNOLOGY Cummins has been using Euro 5 technology since 2010 and Euro 6 technology since 2014

Saboa event discusses national industry, creates brand awareness

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     23rd August 2019 Industry association the Southern African Bus Operators Association (Saboa) hosted its annual conference and exhibition on July 31 and August 1, during which exhibitors promoted new innovations and technologies, and networked with fleet operators and end-users. 

SHOWCASING EVENT
Iveco’s focus on safety was highlighted with the launch of its after-market rollover kit
SHOWCASING EVENT Iveco’s focus on safety was highlighted with the launch of its after-market rollover kit

Newcomer Zeelo seeks active growth in South Africa’s mobility market 

By: Irma Venter     15th August 2019 Looking to go to that big concert or rugby game, but not keen to drive home after a drink or two, or to travel at night? Newly launched mobility service Zeelo hopes to provide a solution to these conundrums, as well as some other transport questions prevalent in South Africa. 

 Newcomer Zeelo seeks active growth in South Africa’s mobility market

CSIR senior engineer hopeful that study paves way for better roads, safer vehicles

By: Simone Liedtke     26th July 2019 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has combined its tyre testing and stress-in-motion system (SIMS) technologies, CSIR smart mobility senior engineer Robert Berman told delegates attending the Southern African Transport Conference. The CSIR tyre testers were developed in... 

How technology is starting to change logistics ecosystems

By: Schalk Burger     19th July 2019 New technologies being applied to supply chains – helping to digitalise them further – can provide significant intelligence that will improve control and streamline business processes. This will be grounded in more real-time information and predictions based on analytical outputs of the data,... 

How technology is starting to change logistics ecosystems

Aurecon highlights potential of tech to transform the transport industry

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th July 2019 Many stakeholders believe the transport industry is on the cusp of disruptive transformation, as big as with the advent of the motorcar in the early 1900s. The only way for the South African transport industry to compete would be to embrace innovation and adapt to the disruption accordingly,... 

Aurecon COO Dr Gustav Rohde
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Aurecon COO Dr Gustav Rohde

South African drone sector association created 

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st June 2019 A representative body for the South African unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), or drone, sector was launched on Thursday evening at Kyalami, north of Johannesburg. This is the South African Federation of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS – another term for drones), officially abbreviated to Safu.... 

South African drone sector association created

Companies collaborate for maintenance work at petrochem provider

By: Mamaili Mamaila     31st May 2019 Industrial rope-access company Skyriders Access Specialists collaborated with engineering consultants SSA Acoustic and Specialised Inspections to conduct maintenance work at one of South Africa’s leading petrochemical manufacturers.  

uYilo invests into South African EV charging infrastructure localisation

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st March 2019 South Africa’s adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) has been slow by global standards, but it is accelerating, and this year will see more manufacturers introduce EVs to the country, says uYilo eMobility Programme director Hiten Parmar. The programme is one of the strategic initiatives within the... 

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